In general, it has been applied to food rejection against certain ingredients, flavors, textures and even becomes a pattern of behavior.
The cats they are extremely constant creatures, with well-established routines that are rarely broken. The neophobia It can mean a big problem in the development of your life.
There are multiple clinical studies that have been able to decipher the neophobic tendencies of cats, especially in the case of indoor cats. It is called “establishment of eating habits”, due to the cat’s persistence in consuming the same food and rejecting everything else.
It usually manifests itself as such an aversion that causes our cat to have unusual behaviors. The moment they themselves break their routine, do something unexpected, or even stop eating (known as anorexia), is when you know something is wrong.
How is neophobia overcome in cats?
Although it has been studied that neophobia may have influences from the kitten’s mother, her first experience and factors conditioned by weaning, there are a couple of things that as guardians we can implement to help overcome the neophobia:
- In the case of food neophobia, the greatest amount of variety in food can be given.
- Make gradual changes, in all areas.
- Food changes should always be gradual and with a transition of 10 days. This to avoid digestive problems and also to give them time to get to know the new food.
Also, various scientific studies have shown that cats have genes that detect bitter taste and in turn lack those necessary to perceive sweet substances.
In any case, they are neophobic animals by nature, that is, they do not like new flavors.
In Argentina there is a company with more than 20 years in the pet care market, where they specialize in the development of nutritional solutions for dogs and cats. Is about Vitalcan Argentinawho currently develops, produces, markets and distributes food options for pets, in the national territory and abroad.
Melissa Gonzalez Trajtmanthe Marketing Manager at Vitalcan Argentinaexplained:
International Cat Day
Internationally there are several days that were established to celebrate this small, and destructive, animal. The origin of this party is appropriated to a very influential cat named Socks (Socks), this belonged to the president of the United States, bill clinton.
In 1993 said animal lived in the White House and used to be present at the president’s public events, reaching great popularity at that time both in the US and in the rest of the world.
unfortunately to Socks He was diagnosed with cancer and his owners decided to euthanize him on February 20, 2009. When he died, that year the International Cat Day, with the aim of paying tribute to these pets and promoting an adoption campaign to provide a home for stray animals.
However, there are several days where tribute is paid to him. He is also the cat day the August 8 to coincide with the time of greatest fertility in the northern hemisphere, in this case it was the International Fund for Animal Welfare who consolidated it as a date in the calendar.
In addition, the October 29th in the United States the national cat dayat the proposal of Colleen Paigean expert in the behavior of cats, had the objective of said day to raise awareness in the population about the number of cats abandoned on the streets of cities.
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